Hi a dSLR newbie here,

Currently I have a 18-55mm vr (kit lens from d5100), a 18-105mm vr and a 35mm f1.8 prime.

I'm considering buying the nikon 55-200mm vr lens. I have heard it is a telephoto lens.

So I have to ask, will the 200mm zoom on this lens give me the same highest magnification level as the expensive 18-200mm vr? Both being 200mm at their longest? The lens size is much larger tho (52 vs 72mm) for the 18-200mm.

If not, then how many times zoom will I get with the 55-200mm? I know the nikon 18-200mm vr gives a 10x zoom, but I get the feeling that this might not give me 10x. Or will I get the same amount of zoom, just a narrower image (cos of telephoto)?

Also lastly, do you think this lens is worth adding in my arsenal of lenses?

Thanks for your replies!!!

Currently I have a 18-55mm vr (kit lens from d5100), a 18-105mm vr and a 35mm f1.8 prime.

I'm considering buying the nikon 55-200mm vr lens. I have heard it is a telephoto lens.

So I have to ask, will the 200mm zoom on this lens give me the same highest magnification level as the expensive 18-200mm vr? Both being 200mm at their longest? The lens size is much larger tho (52 vs 72mm) for the 18-200mm.

If not, then how many times zoom will I get with the 55-200mm? I know the nikon 18-200mm vr gives a 10x zoom, but I get the feeling that this might not give me 10x. Or will I get the same amount of zoom, just a narrower image (cos of telephoto)?

Also lastly, do you think this lens is worth adding in my arsenal of lenses?

Thanks for your replies!!!

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